Health

HEALTH FOCUS

Health impacts every aspect of a person's life from being able to concentrate in school, having to take time off work, or being able to afford prescriptions. United Way of Marion County is dedicated to helping our community improve their health by setting key goals:

  • Support healthy choices for people of all ages
  • Support safe homes and communities Promote access to health care

United Way is partnering with a variety of local organizations to make sure that reducing substance abuse, child abuse and domestic violence and increasing health education and preventative care through a variety of objectives and strategies such as:

  • Improving health knowledge that leads to healthy choices and behaviors
  • Increase the number of residents who have the knowledge and opportunity to be in a safe environment.
  • Increase the number of residents who have improved health as a result to better access

Health Vision Council Volunteers

Ire Bethea, City of Ocala Parks and Recreation
Lorilynn Bowie, Marion County Public Schools
David Brady, Time Customer Service
Erin Buss, Community Bank & Trust
Paul Clark, Community Member
Tim Cowart, The Centers
William D’Aiuto, Department of Children and Families
Nathan Grossman, Chair, Community Member
Leigh Hutson, Community Member
Kerrie Jones-Clark, Community Member
Jon Kurtz, Community Member
Lila Ivey, Hospice of Marion County
Brianna Liles, Marion County Children's Alliiance
Emma Luetgert, Community Member
Patti Lumpkin, Community Member
Stephen Quintyne, The Vines
Amanda Robbins, Signature Brands
Rita Seymore, Community Member
Toni Stevenson, Community Member
Chuck Trout, Publix
Lisa Varner, Jenkins Automotive Group

Healthy Meals For a Year

Blanche O'Brien is a 98-year-old, Ocala resident who gratefully benefits from the Meals on Wheels program.  Blanche's story is a very similar one to many others who receive Meals on Wheels--they are older, live alone and just don't have the support or resources to have consistent, good, nutritious meals.  Even though Blanche is nearing 100 she is extremely mobile and very smart and has the best stories that she enjoys sharing with others.  Her daughter is the one who told her about Meals on Wheels knowing that she would feel better if she knew her mom was getting some meals and that someone was checkin on her regularly.

Blanche said she doesn't mind cooknig but it is so nice to have a meal prepared for her.  She said that right now she only gets meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday but may one day get it daily. she said her favorite part of getting the meals "believe it or not I really look forward to talking with the driver when they come by."  Not only has Meals on Wheels given Blanche healthy meals for almost a year, but she has the security knowing someone will be coming by three times a week to just check in on her wellbeing.

Familywize Prescription Discount Card
A free prescription discount card is available to all Marion County residents and can save up to 30% or more on your prescriptions.
 
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